2010-2012 Ford Focus, Fusion, and Fiesta Transmission Problems

In the last few months, we have received a large number of calls from distressed drivers regarding 2010-2012 Ford Focus, Fusion, and Fiesta transmission problems. The problems stem mostly from the problem-plagued dual-clutch transmission and include rolling backwards on hills after coming to a stop, shuddering and vibration between gears, hesitation when shifting, clunking and … [Read more...]

Toyota To Pay $1.1 Billion in ‘Unintended Acceleration’ Case and $17.35 Million for Waiting Too Long to Issue Recalls

Today, Toyota announced that they will pay $1.1 billion to settle the numerous lawsuits alleging "unintended acceleration" where their vehicle's throttles jammed open. Toyota will create a fund for additional retrofitting of 3.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles with technology to make them easier to stop in panic situations as part of the agreement. For models that cannot be … [Read more...]

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a process where two parties can attempt to settle a dispute with the assistance of a neutral third party. Mediation is different from Arbitration because with Arbitration, the neutral third party makes the final decision for the two parties. With mediation, the neutral third party does not make any decisions for the parties, their goal is to allow the two parties to … [Read more...]

In California, a New Lemon Law to Protect Used-Car Shoppers

Governor Jerry Brown signed a new California Lemon Law, which is the first of its kind in the nation, requiring new and used car dealers to check their used vehicles against a federal government database and mark them with a red warning sticker if they find a serious problem. In an interview with Christopher Jensen, at The New York Times, Rosemary Shahan, the president of … [Read more...]

If You Think Your Car Is a Lemon, What Should You Do?

If you think that your vehicle may be a lemon, it is best to call a lemon law attorney right away. You can call the 800 number in your owner’s manual to ask the manufacturer for help, but chances are the manufacturer will not assist you. In my experience, clients of mine that have called the manufacturer directly are often told that they do not have a lemon law case but they are … [Read more...]

Has Your Vehicle Spent More than 30 Days in the Shop for 1 Warranty Repair?

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (the "Lemon Law"), California Civil Code Section §1793.2(d)(2) states that: "If the manufacturer or its representative in this state is unable to service or repair a new motor vehicle . . . to conform to the applicable express warranties after a reasonable number of attempts, the manufacturer shall either promptly replace the new motor … [Read more...]

This Week in Automobile Recalls

2012 Ford Focus Recalled The 2012 Ford Focus has been recalled due to faulty windshield wiper motor wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 140,000 Focus sedans are missing seals in the windshield wiper motor wiring and this can result in passenger side wiper motor failures. The reduced visibility can increase the risk of a … [Read more...]

What Vehicles Does the California Lemon Law Cover?

The California Lemon Law, or the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, applies to three types of vehicles: 1.) The law applies to new vehicles that are still covered by their original factory warranty, including the bumper to bumper warranty and the powertrain warranty. 2.) The law also applies to certified pre-owned vehicles that are either still covered by their original … [Read more...]

Facebook and Forums, Do Not Post

If you are thinking about starting a lemon law case, you really should not post anything on a social media website or an auto forum chat room. It is fine for you to browse these sites and look at what other people are posting, but if you post anything on a site like bimmerworld, bimmerfest, caddychat, jettajunkie, benzworld, nissanclub, gmtruckclub, or even on your own facebook page … [Read more...]

Oil Consumption, what does this mean?

Has your "low oil" warning light been illuminating on your dash board? Are you seeing drops of oil on your garage floor? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you must take your vehicle to the dealership right away to have it checked for an oil leak. If the dealership finds that there is no oil leak, you need to ask them to begin an oil consumption test. A certain … [Read more...]